AXA IM hires global healthcare specialist to co-manage UK domiciled Health fund
AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) can announce the hire of Chris Eccles as portfolio manager, bolstering the AXA IM Equity Healthcare team. Chris joins from Impax Asset Management where he was a senior global healthcare equity analyst, specialising in sustainable investment strategies, and has been appointed co-manager of the AXA Framlington Health fund.
Chris co-manages the Health fund alongside Cinney Zhang, a healthcare portfolio manager at AXA IM, who is already working on the fund and is a portfolio manager on the AXA Framlington Biotech fund as well. They both report to Tom Riley, Head of Global Thematic Strategies.
Commenting on the appointment Jeroen Bos, Global Head of AXA IM Equity, said:
“We are delighted to welcome Chris Eccles to AXA IM Equity. We have been looking to hire additional resource to our Healthcare team for a while, and Chris was a perfect fit to reinforce the team and assist Cinney in the management of our 36-year-old UK domiciled Health fund. As a responsible asset manager that actively invests for the long term to help our clients, people and the world to prosper, we were particularly attracted to Chris’ expertise in sustainable investment strategies.”
John Stainsby, Head of Core Client Group UK, added:
“AXA IM Equity has a long history and heritage in sector, thematic, and listed impact equity investing and is committed to continue to grow and develop these areas. Over the past years, we have seen significant growth in assets and product range in the space and continue to grow the investment teams accordingly. We remain absolutely committed to providing a wide variety of solutions to our UK client base.”
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Prior to joining AXA IM, Chris spent five years at Impax Asset Management as the senior global healthcare analyst, specialising in sustainable investment strategies. Chris has over 12 years’ experience in global healthcare markets, having previously worked as a pharmaceutical sector analyst at Morgan Stanley and healthcare specialist sales at Stifel, as well as covering biotech at a new hedge fund start-up. Chris graduated from Oxford University with a 1st class degree in Physiological Sciences.
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